Who Framed Roger Rabbit reminded us all of the Great American Streetcar Scandal: cars over mass transit. Now, in the lower mainland we have the UBC tunnel over light rail to the valley.

This week, we start with a transportation spin alert.

Last week, Allen Garr wrote an interesting piece about the seemingly obvious idea of running a Skytrain subway to UBC [see below]. One possibly contentious issue would be whether it would be bored or made with the disastrous cut-and-cover debacle that broke Cambie Street, and its socio-economic fabric, for so long.

But I think there is a larger issue here. With the Evergreen Line finally on-stream after being hijacked by the Canada Line to help secure the Olympic bid, we should be thinking about extending Skytrain or preferably, light rail into the valley.

I haven’t done the math, but I’m thinking that we could improve the lower mainland’s carbon footprint more by getting those suburbs onto mass transit since UBC is already served by a fleet of buses that consider UBC to be their hub.

I can see both Langleys, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Surrey, Delta, New Westminster, Coquitlam and Burnaby expressing serious joy with fewer cars from the valley pouring into the city every day.

This is an inspiration for what rail in the valley could look like.

This is an inspiration for what rail in the valley could look like.

So while I agree with Allen Garr that I don’t think there will be much Vancouver-based opposition to a UBC subway, Vision Vancouver is running this campaign of support to shore up its argument at Translink and Metro Vancouver to again neglect critical suburban transit development in favour of another upgrade in Vancouver’s transit infrastructure.

I suspect there will be only incremental carbon footprint improvements of a UBC subway, compared to much larger improvements by sending light rail east from the Skytrain line. It would also be far cheaper, freeing up more funds to run more buses on the Port Mann white elephant and more 99s, 25s, 41s and 49s to UBC.

Don’t expect any political opposition to UBC subway

By Allen Garr, Columnist March 14, 2013

If you think you can find any significant political support in your effort to stop a subway being built along the Broadway Corridor, you had better think again.

via Don’t expect any political opposition to UBC subway.

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website,

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